Day # 25 March 17th – Hear, See, Speak No Evil/ Avoidance
“Submit yourselves, then to, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). W are not invincible. We are effected by those around us. We are affected by television, radio, what we read, what we watch, and what we hear. We have become so desensitized by evil that we no longer recognize its power. Is it any wonder that abusive homes often produce abusive people? Is it any wonder that after a football game people flee into the parking lot with aggression (you never see that at a ballet). We watch murder, violence, sex, drug use, and we tend to stand up strong and say it has no effect on us. Well if it has no effect I say give it up for a month and tell me if nothing changes because it will. We must be careful about who our influences are. There is a reason God warned Israel, and Paul warned the church from letting evil practices linger around because they corrupt. Find something in your life that is negative, (movies, music, friends, books, language, etc.) and plug something Godly in that absents (scripture reading, prayer, meditation, uplifting music, or movies). Let God be your influence, let fellow believers, and followers of the Way be your character molders. Avoid evil at all costs, and pursue faith, hope, and love with equal ambition.